Old 12-01-2009, 02:14 AM   #1
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Hey everyone, just looking for some advice on which way to go with this photo:


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Old 12-01-2009, 02:50 AM   #2
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Give it some more contrast.

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Old 12-01-2009, 03:45 AM   #3
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I'm not seeing the bad contrast. You could +5 it but be careful not to blow out the watertank. I am surprised there was no "bad cropping" or "bad color" rejection given as those are the two issues that struck me first. The sky looks cyan rather than blue which is common with this type of DSLR. I would also crop off some sky to get to a 1024x~683 dimension.
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Old 12-01-2009, 04:01 AM   #4
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I think the contrast is fine. However....the lead unit is too far to the left in the frame (a common composition error that violates the "rule of thirds"). Overall, though, it's an acceptable image, at least in my humble opinion.
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To me the sky looks like normal blue gray high humidity day to me and hard to get what most call a normal blue out of it. As for cropping the water tower on the right needs to go and if you had a shot before this one that would be the file to work from.
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Yeah, you could lose the water tower and pole line to improve the composition... kinda superfluous to the train.
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I think the contrast is rather blah but the issue there is that a lot of the image has no contrast to work with, the sky and the grasses, so there is little there to apply an increase to. I do suggest, if you have the software, a bit of local contrast enhancement (unsharp mask 20/60/0). I found the effect too strong and I toned it down by putting it in a layer with opacity 50%. LCE can bring some blah images, hazy or otherwise, up to a bit of life and it helps here somewhat.
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